Group Comping Voicings Overview
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In this lesson, I give a quick overview about 2 GROUP COMPING VOICING Styles for Jazz Piano: what I call Orchestration 1 & Orchestration 2.
When comping in a group setting with a bass player, we don't need to play bass notes. Instead, we can play 2-handed Group Comping Voicings which are thinner but add more color to the sound.
1- Orchestration 1 is the middle of the piano and has 3 voicing structures
a) 4 note open voicings,
b) 5 note Quartal Voicings, or
c) 6+ note clusters.
2- Orchestration 2 is the middle-high register and has just 1 voicing structure but variation within it:
a) LH Rootless Voicings (3 or 4 note),
b) RH Octave +1 or +2/polychords.
You will find that all of the group comping voicings played by the legends - Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock - can be traced back to one of these 2 orchestrations.